“We plant seeds in the ground and dreams in the sky….. Look up, stay awhile. Let your breathing slow. Know that you always have a home here.” Alberto Ríos
Times of ever-changing uncertainty in our world invite us to find places we can call home for ourselves…places of sanctuary where we can connect with what roots us, gives us stability and supports us to reach out and grow. For many of us, being disconnected from the natural world through our busy lives, leaves us floundering as we lose our sense of place and grounding, our sense of home and belonging on this earth. In the same way, we can live disconnected from the inner nature of our souls, where we lose touch with what deeply nurtures us.
We invite you to take time out…to come home to that space between Earth and Sky where we will explore our connections with the land, the earth and the trees, as metaphors on the journey towards finding our Hidden Wholeness.
During this Courage & Renewal Retreat, the Circle of Trust® approach, pioneered by Dr. Parker J. Palmer and developed through the Center for Courage & Renewal, will be used. The Circle of Trust® offers a safe, confidential, and sacred space where we can rediscover the soul in its native landscape and begin to recover our natural wholeness.
This Courage and Renewal Retreat invites us into time and space where we can:
● engage at a deep level with our true selves and the questions that might be alive in our lives
● renew our hearts, minds and spirits by exploring our inner and outer landscapes
● embrace our gifts and limitations, our light and shadow, our brokenness and wholeness
● experience the principles and practices of the Circle of Trust approach
● connect with the support of the group, listen to others and be listened to and witnessed
● arrive where we need to be and not in any set place.
We will be together as individuals and as a community in a way that honours both our solitude and togetherness. Everything is invitational in large and small group conversations, with time for journaling, reflection, listening, sharing and silence. The landscape and nature around us will be a resource for our work. We will draw on poems, stories, music and wisdom traditions to inspire our journey towards wholeness. You will have the opportunity to experience a Clearness Committee – a group discernment process that supports the individual to access their own inner teacher and wisdom.
Who is this for?
This retreat welcomes anyone who would like time to reflect on their inner life and role in the world. If you are curious about or seeking to engage with ’true self’ and “hidden wholeness”, in support of living a more fully authentic life, then this retreat may be for you.
Friday November 18th to Sunday November 20th, 2022, check-in at 12 noon in time for lunch at 1pm and the retreat starts at 2pm on Friday finishing at 2pm on Sunday after lunch.
The Ennismore Retreat Centre is located in Montenotte, a five-minute drive from Cork city and provides a calm peaceful environment. Ennismore is a Christian retreat centre, offering an oasis of beauty, peace, hospitality, and welcome. See pictures below.
Accommodation is in single bedrooms each with wash hand basin and simply furnished. Bathroom/shower facilities are shared. The house facilities have been recently upgraded to a very high standard with a warm and hospitable welcome awaiting all our guests.
A reliable lift serves both floors.
The Centre will do their best to respond when notified about particular accommodation needs (e.g. rooms on the level or near bathrooms or lift), and can best do so if alerted at the time of booking.
Food in Ennismore is of an excellent standard – it is vegetarian, wholesome and creative. The chefs will do their best to accommodate any particular dietary requirement that you might have.
Arriving early or staying on:
If you wish to arrive early or stay on please contact the Retreat Centre directly on Tel: 00353 21 4502520 or e mail: email@example.com
The maximum number of participants is 17.
There are two parts to booking.
First, please click on this link to Eventbrite httpshttps://www.eventbrite.ie/e/between-earth-and-sky-unearthing-our-hidden-wholeness-tickets-373213631017 and register there, with your payment.
Second, when we receive your registration through Eventbrite, we will contact you by email, with further information, and a request to complete a brief Personal Statement about your expectations and any needs you may have, including your dietary requirements.
Retreat fee: €400.00
Please note that full payment of the retreat fee is required when booking.
A limited number of small bursaries is available, by way of a refund. To apply, please email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rita at email@example.com BEFORE you register.
The fee includes:
● simple, comfortable accommodation for two nights, in single rooms with shared bathroom/shower facilities.
● delicious vegetarian, wholesome meals during our retreat time (breakfasts, lunches, dinners). (Note that the Centre will do their best to cater for specific dietary requirements, if possible.)
● facilitation by skilled facilitators prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal
Payment is required at the point of registration.
You may cancel your registration up to 18th Oct 2022, with full refund, minus booking fee of €20.28.
No refund available on cancellations after this date. In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the retreat must be cancelled by us, we will refund all fees paid by participants.
Our liability is limited to refunding only the retreat fee. We recommend participants have adequate insurance to cover any cancelled travel or personal expenses.
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